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Do NOT let your dog snack on turkey carcass bones! They can cause death!

Food Warning!
With the Holiday Season right around the corner it is the perfect time to remind everyone of some common food items that can cause serious health problems (and even, in some cases, death!) to our fur and feather friends.
Chocolate, most specifically BAKER'S CHOCOLATE, is toxic to dogs, cats and domestic cage birds! Be VERY careful when baking with Baker's Chocolate. Store those goodies (cookies, cakes and chocolate candies!) in airtight containers and keep them in cabinets inaccessible to the family dogs, cats and birds. To view an interactive chart that will show just how much chocolate (and what TYPE of chocolate) will be harmful or deadly to your dog, click here 
Store all  goodies out of the reach of your companion animals.
Turkey and ham can be serious problems for our pets. Turkey skin has a high fat content that can cause acute pancreatitis in our dogs and cats. Pancreatitis CAN be fatal if it is severe enough or not treated in time! If the family dog MUST have leftovers from the table, serve a  small portion of turkey minus the skin and load up on sweet potatoes and green beans which your pet will enjoy just as much!
The turkey carcass is very dangerous as it can be chewed into pieces that are sharp enough to pierce the intestinal tract and cause death. A neighbor lost a dog to splintered turkey bones some years ago. The dog had eaten this seasonal "treat" for years with no problem. All it took was once to end the life of a beloved family companion. Do NOT risk your pet's life!
Ham is high in sodium, which can cause serious health problems in some dogs and cats. It should not be fed at all and dogs should never be given ham or cooked pork bones because, like cooked poultry bones, they can splinter and pierce various parts of the dog's digestive tract. Again, if serving a plate of leftovers, fill up on sweet potatoes, carrots and green beans!
 It is important to remember that an ounce of prevention will be worth a huge vet bill and potential heartache!

Click the link to see the paid ad that appeared in February 24, 2010 NY Times from Humane Watch!


" And if we had required sterilization we would not have animals from whom to breed but I don't believe it's up to us to decide which dog is to breed with what dog, and when... So there would still be dingos, jackals, wild dogs of Africa, who live full and complete family lives but the domesticated dogs could be a being of the past,...

I don't believe 

it morally right, were dogs to disappear from the planet   

because we stopped exploiting them, to start producing them,

in order to bring them into our homes to enrich our own    

lives. "  Ingrid Newkirk, PETA, September 1, 1993. Prodigy Interactive Computer System
Why is this important? Because in 1993 Ingrid Newkirk, of PETA, told the world, via Prodigy, what PETA's ultimate goal is - the complete EXTINCTION of domestic dog. Think it can't happen? It IS happening, in communities across the United States! Every time PETA, in conjunction with HSUS, gets another mandatory spay/neuter law passed, every time PETA, in conjunction with HSUS, gets laws restricting ownership of certain breeds passed they move one step closer to fulfilling their ultimate, hidden agenda - EXTINCTION of domestic dog. It can happen and it will happen unless those of us who love our dogs put a stop to it!   People for the ETHICAL Treatment of Animals? Extinction is ethical? HUMANE Society of the United States? Extinction is HUMANE? Not in my world! Extinction is neither ETHICAL nor HUMANE - but it is FOREVER!

Responsible Breeders Are Not The Problem!
Despite what PETA and the HSUS would like you to believe,
responsible breeders will never allow their dogs to end up like the dogs in this video!
Before you add a dog to your family, stop and think!
Is this the right decision for the LIFETIME of the dog?
Puppies remain puppies for a nanosecond - they are adults for up to 20 years! A dog will commit to loving you for a LIFETIME - will you love and care for it that long?

The American Kennel Club recognizes the Havanese as the ONLY native breed of Cuba and the HCA as the breed's only official representative in the United States. I will continue to do my best to educate the public on the issues of reputable breeding practices and responsible dog ownership, as well as doing everything in my power to breed the healthiest dogs I can through thorough health testing and only breeding those dogs who have honestly passed all of their health tests. All I can do is the best I can do.
It has come to my attention that some 'breeders' sell their dogs with papers for organizations such as the "Canine Kennel Club" or the "American Pet Registry". Please be aware that there are two recognized stud books/kennel clubs in the United States. The American Kennel Club (AKC) and the United Kennel Club (UKC) that are valid, reputable and recognized organizations. DO NOT BE FOOLED! Other 'off-brand' registries basically take your money and will 'register' just about anything, including mixed-breed dogs. Once again, the two recognized and reputable registries in the United States are the American Kennel Club (AKC) and the United Kennel Club (UKC). My puppies are registered with the American Kennel Club and NO OTHER! Don't accept second-best!

An Atlanta, Georgia television station recently did an investigative report on where the money donated to HSUS (Humane Society of the United States) actually ends up.
Unfortunately, for undisclosed reasons the Atlanta television station has removed the video from their website and has not even archived it. PetPac has put a transcript of the report on their site and it is linked below.
Please click the link below to view this report and find out just where HSUS spends its money -
Hint: It is NOT going to shelters or rescues!


There is NO SUCH THING as a "designer dog"! The mixed-breed puppies that are being advertised as "rare designer breeds" are nothing more than common mutts..the same mixed-breeds that can be found at any local pound or shelter! Some very unethical people are raking in huge sums of money on the backs of their poor dogs by putting various purebreds together and claiming the resulting puppies are special 'designer' breeds to be highly prized..and highly priced! BUYER BEWARE!!!!
In many cases, the breeds being mixed do NOT compliment each other and the resulting puppies will end up having a host of physical, behavioral or temperament problems the buyer will not be prepared to deal with! The parents of these puppies are NOT being properly health-tested and as a result, the offspring have a very good chance of inheriting the genetic problems found in BOTH breeds that comprise the mix! The people who are creating these 'designer' dogs do NOT have the best interests of either breed OR the puppies that will result from the breedings at heart...they are out to make a buck! They are NOT ethical breeders, no matter how fancy their kennel name! All purebred breed clubs specifically PROHIBIT the breeding of mixed-breed dogs and so does the AKC! These dogs ARE NOT REGISTERABLE WITH ANY REPUTABLE STUD REGISTRY!!!! APR (American Pet Registry) IS NOT A REPUTABLE STUD REGISTRY AND NEITHER IS THE CONTINENTAL KENNEL CLUB!!!!! These 'registries' take your money and that is ALL they do!!!!!
There are ONLY TWO reputable stud registries in the United States - the American Kennel Club (AKC) and the United Kennel Club (UKC). The ARBA (American Rare Breed Association) WILL NOT REGISTER MIXED-BREED PUPPIES OR DOGS!
Want a "designer" dog? Visit your local pound or shelter! Every year MILLIONS of wonderful companion dogs are euthanized in pounds and shelters across the United States and they are literally dying for want of good homes! Don't add to the pet overpopulation problem by giving your money to someone who produces 'designer' breed puppies. A great many of those puppies will end up in pounds and shelters...give your money to your local pound, shelter or humane society and give a loving home to a dog who truly needs one at a small fraction of the price an unethical 'breeder' of so-called designer dogs will charge FOR THE SAME TYPE OF PUPPY!
For further information on "Designer Breeds" and the heartache they are causing, please see this investigative report by John Slattery, reporting for CBS affiliate WCBS:

are toxic to dogs! Please keep these treats FAR AWAY from the family dog and if you have a bird who eats raisins and grapes and also have dogs in the house, be sure to keep the area around the bird cage clean or stop offering these items to your bird! If your dog does ingest raisins or grapes, contact your vet or Poison Control Center at once!
For dieters who stock up on low-calorie sweeteners and sugar-free candies, XYLITOL, a common artificial sugar substitute used in many sugar-free candies and other recipes, is TOXIC to dogs and cats. See additional information below.
Winter is here and it is wise to remember that ice-melt products are very corrosive and can cause serious irritation to dog and cat foot pads. If your pet walks where ice-melt products are used, be sure to rinse their feet in warm water when they come inside. If you regularly walk your dog on a surface that has ice-melt on it, you may want to consider using boots to protect those pads. When de-icing walks and the driveway at your home you should consider using a product such as Safe-T-Paws which is a non-corrosive ice-melt that will not irritate your pets' feet. Common sand or kitty litter will also prevent slipping and sliding on icy surfaces and will not harm pets feet.

The ASPCA has issued a warning about the artificial sweetner XYLITOL which is found in many sugar-free candies and sugar-free gum. XYLITOL is TOXIC to dogs, causing sudden onset hypoglycemia and in some cases death. If you suspect your dog or puppy has ingested a product containing XYLITOL, please contact your veterinarian, emergency veterinarian hospital or the ASPCA POISON CONTROL CENTER at 1-888-426-4435 ($50 consultation fee may be applied to your credit card) IMMEDIATELY. ASPCA Poison Control Center website:

It has come to our attention that some unethical individuals are advertising, over the Internet and through various other means, TEACUP or TINY Havanese for sale at exhorbitant prices. These poor dogs are being described as "rare" and the consumer is lead to believe they are going to grow up to be healthy companions.
There is no such thing as a "rare teacup Havanese" or "rare Tiny Havanese"! Many of these puppies are so small because they suffer from a potentially terminal condition known as Liver of the main symptoms of Liver Shunt in puppies is a FAILURE TO GROW. Liver Shunt CAN KILL. Additionally, dwarfing the Havanese breed can and will lead to a host of other problems, including but not limited to: severe bone malformation, hearing problems, cataracts, heart abnormalities. Breeding "dwarf" Havanese bitches can result in the death of the bitch and possibly the entire litter!
The Havanese Club of America Standard for the Breed calls for a dog that is 8 1/2 to 11 1/2 inches tall at the withers. While there will always be dogs that fall under and over the standard, these are not proper and should NOT be bred! If you want a tiny/teacup size dog, please choose a breed that is MEANT to be that small, such as a Chihuahua!
For information on reputable breeders of Havanese, PLEASE contact the Havanese Club of America
Thank you!